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Sofia Things to Do

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  • Aleksander Nevski Cathedral

    Well worth a visit to this especially when celebrated liturgy. We were there the day of the Holy Spirit and the experience was unique. From a hundred tourists who come and go watching with astonishment everything made by the other scores of faithful who pray with devout. Prohibited the photographing, but many (even me) sneak gouged a photo....

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  • NDK - National Palace of Culture

    I cant remember why we decided from the city center down to NDK, the truth is that it was very cold that morning, there was still snow on the pavements but it was nice to see the city in action, locals going to work and we had the chance to check some small stores on the way etc When we arrived at NDK (national palace of culture) we realized that...

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  • Banya Bashi Mosque

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    I believe that this remnant of the Ottoman rule of Bulgaria is the only functioning mosque in Sofia. It dates from the 15th Century and did seem to attract many worshippers. I was planning to visit, it was a Friday and as i made my way towards the building, I heard the call to prayer. My visit will have to take place during my next trip to...

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Sofia Hotels

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Sofia Restaurants

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  • Happy bar and grill

    4 out of 5 stars

    I had been out to an evening event and on my return to the hotel, I asked about this restaurant. It opens late and was directly across the street from the hotel. It was busy and the staff and clientle seemed quite young. Good atmosphere and fairly cheap. They got my order slightly wrong but were very apologetic.

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  • Vodenitsata

    4 out of 5 stars

    The restaurant “Vodenitzata” is supposed to be one of the pearls in contemporary Bulgarian tourism as their website states. How true this is however! Well, the location is perfect. It is not very far from the city centre, nesting in Vitosha, the popular mountain that is very close to Sofia. The interior is truly interesting, inviting and cozy....

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  • Hadjidraganovite kashti

    4 out of 5 stars

    This restaurant was recommended in all three sources I was using, In Your Pocket, the Eyewitness Guide to Bulgaria and Wikitravel plus it was really close to our hotel so we went here for our 2nd dinner in Sofia. Wikitravel said it was mostly local but with any theme restaurant like this that is close to a tour group hotel like the Dedeman Princess...

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Sofia Nightlife

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  • See the names bellow

    Nightlife in Sofia is something that is posed as a challenge to me as far as description goes. Feeling the atmosphere and the lifestyle of people is the only way that you can truly know what I am talking about. The absolute hangout during the summer, after dark is the cafes in front of the National Palace of Culture. It becomes like an enormous...

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  • buddha bar

    If you expect to see a top class nightclub you can get a little disappointed. The place is more or less OK but nothing special. When I was there last Saturday with my friend Elitsa and another friend of mine we had good time. The place was full but not packed. I went there onWednesday evening as well, around midnight and it was almost empty. So, I...

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  • Chervilo

    Looking a place to hang-out in Sofia is never a problem. The city offer a massive choice of nightclubs and bars. You can party the whole night. Choice between quiet place or a noisy nightclub. This place is not as noisy as the others. The biggest concentration of bars and cafes in Sofia lies to either side of boulevard Vitosha and the increasingly...

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Sofia Transportation

  • busses

    Sightseeing bus leaving daily at 10 am, 12 am just behind Alexander Nevski main Cathedral The price was around 25 Euro and includes a 2 hours tour guide who presents the information about the different sights in an accessible and attractive way but just in English.

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  • trains

    Although it is fast, clean and nice, there are limited routes. 1.00 leva is quite cheap to get to the city centre, but with 4 leva you can get a taxi as well, if you stay close to the city centre. The ticket is valid to travel in the metro within 30 minutes from the issue hour. No discount for children! There is also the option of One Day Card...

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  • air transport

    Sofia's airport is located about 12km from the city centre and has recently opened a new terminal (2), mainly for international flights. A lot of European commercial aswell as some budget airlines connect Sofia with major cities on the continent. The airport can be reached by bus 84 which starts at the Sofia University/Eagle Brigde. The price of...

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Sofia Shopping

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  • TZUM

    This shop is in the main street of Sofia. There is a large arcaded area round the buildings outsde,. It is a department store with different departments. maybe a little old fashioned.--The currency is Lev divided into 100 stotinki..

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  • Antiques

    It's kind of flea market for communist curios, antiques, coins and it's just opposite the Al.Nevsky Cathedral.The street stalls are there everyday and you can bargain - but remember the prices are cheap anyway so don't be a cheapskate and don't expect to pay nothing.... You can find beautiful pieces, which are not that expensive and really bad...

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  • Halite

    The Neo-Renaissance style Central Market Hall (Tsentralni Hali) was opened in 1911 as an important trade market in the city. On two levels you find nowadays all sorts of food stalls with local delicacies as well as shops for accessoires, clothes and souvenirs. A few food stalls on the upper level offer simple and tasty meals. For more...

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Sofia Local Customs

  • etiquette

    One sure way to recognise Bulgarians is by watching how they season their meals. We take the salt shaker, then we tap the bottom of it few times on the table (to shake it well) and then we season. The reason is that often in restaurants the salt is dampen by use or general humidity and it sticks together in the shaker. This is also why you can...

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  • hollidays

    New Year's Eve is a great holiday here. In Sofia, every year there is a free open-air concert in the square in front of the National Gallery. Usually it starts at 10 pm on Dec. 31 and ends in the early hours of Jan 1st. There are some pop and rock bands, folk music and dance, etc. A few minutes before midnight, they broadcast the President's speach...

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  • shaking head vs nodding

    I bet there are already plenty of tips on this topic, but I find it so important that I have decided to start my Sofia page from it. In Bulgaria, like in Macedonia and Albania (I have read this), the head gestures to say "yes" and "no" are inverted in comparison with the rest of European countries. When Bulgarians shake their heads, they mean...

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Sofia Warnings and Dangers

  • Stay AWAKE!

    As an employee of the Italian embassy told me on one of my first days in Sofia, when you walk in Sofia, you should always look downwards to avoid falling in one of the several holes that "decorate" the local sidewalks, but also upwards to avoid crashing against a street sign. She was right: several weeks later, I did crash against a street sign...

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  • Beggars

    It's still some poverty in Bulgaria, even though the economy is one of the fastest growing economies in Europe. Some beggars complain about the situation in the country, and use inventive methods to get money from tourists. "Bulgaria robbed and stole my identity. I need refugee status in another country".

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  • dangerous

    Upon leaving a nightclub near the city center at around 02:00 with my Bulgarian girlfriend a young man about 20 aproached us he said somthing in Bulgarian( I dont speak it) my girlfriend shouted at me to give him my wallet, at this point he waved a large kitchin knife in my face.NOTE unless you are trained in unarmed combat just give him your...

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Sofia Tourist Traps

  • taxi service

    I have travelled with OK Taxi last month and have paid 3 times of that I should have paid! The rates have been displayed on the front window but at the destination the driver said they are only valid for journeys in the city centre not from the airport. The driver did not switch the meter on which they should have done by law. I paid over 33 lev...

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  • Always ask for price before you get into...

    I have travelled with OK Taxi last month and have paid 3 times of that I should have paid! The rates have been displayed on the front window but at the destination the driver said they are only valid for journeys in the city centre not from the airport. The driver did not switch the meter on which they should have done by law. I paid over 33 lev...

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  • It's better to prebook a transfer

    Taxis can be nototiously hit or miss at Sofia airport, so it's best to avoid them. The easiest solution is to prepare your transport options in advance. I've had very good experience with the prompt and efficient team at easysofiatransfer.com.

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Sofia What to Pack

  • luggage

    I would suggest you to carry little luggage because here you can find almost everything and for very cheap prices. The climate is temperate so it depandes on the season. The winter usually is very cold and the summer often very hot. There are plenty of drug-stores here so I believe you can find almost everything you'd need. A camera would be...

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  • Don´t forget a Flashlight

    Some pedestrian subways (for instance from the central train station to the tram stop) have lost their lightbulbs and are completely dark.

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  • Sofia - In Your Pocket Guide

    I must admit that I am a huge fan of the "In Your Pocket" travel guides. Most of them are even provided for free in PDF version on their website.Unfortunately it was a bit difficult to get the latest print version of the Sofia guide, as we couldn't really find a proper Tourist Information Office in town. So we finally walked into the Hilton Hotel...

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Sofia Off The Beaten Path

  • mountains

    Sofia lies at the foot of Vitosha mountain. In Winter time you can even ski here. We went to Rila & Plovdiv instead , though this is a great place to spend a day in nature with cable lifts taking you up once a day. On clear days we had good views of Vitosha from the city and from the Slavia football stadium.

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  • suburbs

    “Sofia Park” is a new subdivision created in the vicinity of the so-called “Business Park” (creation of the same German company) and in the foot hills of National Park Vitosha - lots of park atmosphere. This is wonderful – tonnes of green space, fresh air rushing down from the mountain to shove the smog downtown and of course, the views - towards...

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  • Boyana Village and Church

    This little church from the 13th century in on Unesco's Heritage list. It's interior is decorated with beautiful murals which date bach as far as 1259. You'll only be allowed into the church with a guide who is definitely quite informative. Admission for foreigners is 10 Leva. Opening times: 9am-5pm, Tuesday-Sunday Minibus No.21 (thanks to VTer...

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Sofia Sports & Outdoors

  • pools

    For those who love jumpings in the pool depths, there are some pools and bathing-beaches in Sofia, where you can find those "high towers"...Its safe to do it as there are life-guards who keep an eye on everybody around. You need just your swimming suit and your courage :)

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  • Vasil Levski National Stadium

    One of Bulgaria's main sporting venues is the Vasil Levski National Stadium, located in Sofia's Borisova Gardens.This is the country's second largest stadium (Plovdiv's having a greater capacity) and is named after the National Revolutionary Hero Vasil Levski who was a major figure during the late 19th century struggle against Ottoman rule.The...

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  • Sport in Vitosha mountain

    Vitosha - the mountain next to Sofia. Maybe a bit crowded, but it's right outdoors from Sofia. It provides places for hiking, walking, cycling, mountain climbing (alpinism), skiing in the winter. There are many hotels and chalets with different accomodation and prices. Regular mountain equipment; warm clothes even in summer

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Sofia General

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  • downtown

    We would recommend meeting local members of Virtual Tourist as they are most friendly and willing to assist a visitor in an instant and show you around. :) The Most Beautiful City of our Eastern Visit was Sofia and well worth the trip. A real nice guy named Peter (peter_dimov) helped us have an especially good trip in Sofia. He was a First Class...

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  • people

    Ok, what you see on the picture is the cover of a book called The Art of Being a Foreigner. This book is a result of the mutual efforts of two VTers: Dilian and Kalenderov. It tells about the travelling experience they had together sometime ago in Italy and Greece. They both claim that things mentioned in the book really happened. If you ever...

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  • National Theatre

    The Ivan Vazov National Theatre is definitely one of Bulgaria's most striking buildings. Originally built in 1906 by the Viennese architects Hermann Helmer and Ferdinand Fellner it has been extensively renovated several times. First following a fire in 1923, then again in 1945 after having been seriously damaged by British bombing during WWII and...

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